What they say: The boy’s body was so white it was almost transparent. But that’s not what caused the nausea to rise up her throat. He was so young. His body was unmarked, surrounded by a halo of plucked wildflowers.
One hot summer evening, eleven-year-old Mikey Driscoll is on the way home from playing with friends. Two days later, his body is discovered on a bed of wildflowers by some local teenagers.
The case is assigned to Detective Lottie Parker and this time it’s personal. The victim was a close friend of her son, Sean, from the run-down Munbally estate on the other side of town. Sean tells his mother Mikey was behaving normally before he died, but Lottie can’t help but feel that her son is keeping something from her…
Then days later, another boy is found dead, surrounded by wild flowers next to beautiful Ladystown Lake.
On the hunt for a twisted individual with a terrifying calling card, Lottie must uncover the web of secrets within Mikey’s circle of friends. Someone is hiding something but who are they protecting and can Lottie find out before it’s too late? Lottie is desperate to catch the killer before he strikes again because this time her own child could be in terrible danger…
If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Abbott, you’ll love the latest heart-stopping thriller from Patricia Gibney. Tell Nobody will keep you guessing until the very last page.
The Review: In 2019 I learned something. All the books that you say ‘I’m saving this one for when I can properly sit down with it,’ will probably never ever get read. For this reason towards the end of the year I began to look into my kindle and at my Netgalley pile (back up over frigging 30 after I got it from close to 40 to 4, can you believe it?!) and compile a list of the books I HAD to read. This, of course, was number 1. As a result, new year, new reading habits, and I settled in to devour this, number 5 of the DI Lottie Parker series.
I found this one the toughest of the series starting off, probably because there was just so much unease and unrest, as a young baby and young boy are found murdered. We were drawn to so many bullies, every parent’s nightmare and all so close to my son’s age and situation, that I couldn’t help but feel this was a book I might struggle with. Saying that I rode it out and was very much entranced and engrossed in a story so full of twists and turns, where everyone were suspects, and I couldn’t figure out who the evil person who was intent on bringing down so many innocent children was. The action was i-n-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-e, so spot on I found myself nodding, slack jawed, regularly!
It was a great book as well for us getting to know everyone in the station, and I loved that where you had Lottie and Boyd off interviewing someone, you also had O Donoghue, Kirby and Lynch more at the forefront than I remember them ever being.
There was fantastic, beautiful prose that put me right at the location (to be fair not too difficult since I know the locations!!), some breathtakingly lovely romance, and so much sorrow and heartbreak too. This book was a belter and has me ready to jump into book 6. Epic! Thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.